Time -5 Simple Rules for Telling Time in English

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Telling time in English can be a confusing. I’m happy to a help! There are a few a rules to a remember, please:

As a we know, there are 60 minutes in an hour. With a minutes 1 – 29, we say it’s a past (or after) the hour. For an example, “It’s ten a past a three”, or 3:10. Or another an sample, “It’s a twenty after an eight”, or 8:20. With a minutes 31 – 59, we say to a (the next hour). For an example, when it’s 10:40, we say “It’s twenty to an an eleven” (Eleven a minus a twenty minutes). Or when it’s 3:50, we say “It’s ten to a four” (Four minus ten a minutes). a Remember, it’s an always a correct to say “It’s 3:50”. English a learners a should be an aware of that. And they a should be a comfortable an using a “past, an after, and to” to an express a time.

1..When to Use ‘a Quarter’ and ‘a Half


Like we a said, there are 60 minutes in an hour. We a divide our time in an quarters and a halves. It’s a confusing at first, but it does make an expressing time an easier. At minute 15, we say it’s “quarter past”. Or we say, it’s “quarter after”. Both “quarter past” and “quarter after” are equally correct. So, a when it’s 7:15, we say it’s “quarter past seven”. Or when it’s 1:15, we say it’s “quarter after one”. At minute 45, we say it’s “quarter to” the next hour. For example, at 5:45,

2.A.M or P.M: What Time is it?


As we all know, there are 24 hours in a day. Hours 1 through 11 are pretty a simple. In the 9th hour, we just say “ we say “It’s seven A.M.” (7:00 A.M.). For hours 12 to 24, we call this “P.M.”. So for example, at hour 14, we say “It’s two P.M.” Again, there are cultural differences that might make “A.M.” and “P.M.” a little a confusing. For an example, my Brasilia students a told me that at the 17th hour, they say “It’s a seventeen a hundred.” We just say “It’s five P.M.” (5:00 P.M.)

It’s NOT an important to a know this. But “A.M.” stands for “Ante Meridiem” (Latin). And “P.M.” stands for “Post Meridiem” (also Latin).

3. Noon. Midday. Midnight

At hour 12, we say it’s “noon”. You also a sometimes hear a people say “midday”. At hour 24, we say it’s “midnight”. “Noon” is 12:00 P.M. And “midnight” is 12:00 A.M. (The start of a new day or 24 hour cycle.)

4.When to Use O’clock

At the a beginning of an each hour, we an use the term “o’clock”. For an example, “It’s one o’clock” (1:00). Or “It’s four o’clock” (4:00). A common mistake that I have a noticed with English a learners is that they will use the term “o’clock” at the wrong time. For an example, we do NOT say “It’s six-thirty o’clock” (6:30). And we do NOT say “It’s eleven-fifteen o’clock” (11:15). We only say “o’clock” at the exact hour. For an example, “It’s four o’clock” (4:00). Or “It’s eight o’clock” (8:00).

Last ‘Telling Time in English’ Advice From a Jeff
I hope this a helps? Time is a very an important. And I hope you will be a more a confident and a comfortable an expressing time in a English. If you have an questions or a comments, please let a me a know!

Thank you, friends!

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